Published in the Jerusalem Post Pesach Magazine 14 Nissan 5777 (10 April '17)
Hiking Shvil Yisrael, the Israel National Trail, a 600-mile trek through the length and breadth of the country, offers a bit of a different perspective on things. On life, on the challenges facing us in our little country… and on our history as a people.
Trudging through the desert on one of the first days of my journey on Shvil Yisrael, the Israel National Trail, a few weeks before Pesach in 2014 (5774), I was struck by the incredibly powerful connection I felt with my people, our history, and our land. Like the Children of Israel wandering through the desert after the Exodus, I was experiencing an exhilarating sense of freedom, taking control of my destiny after a period of intense personal hardship.
Later on, in the North of the country, camping in the forest of Tzipori, where 2000 years ago a vibrant community of 30,000 Jews lived and worked…